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2 people found this helpful  

Great place to work

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Architect  in  Denver, CO
Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Denver, CO

Pros

EffectiveUI does a great job of empowering employees. You'll likely be thrown into the deep end on your first project, but the environment is very supportive and helpful. The people are incredibly smart and all very interested in helping each other learn and grow. There are truly no egos in the place, and people are all treated well. Many of the projects are really interesting and for big clients that win big awards. Some are kinda boring. Work weeks are 40-50 hours on average.

Cons

Like any agency, some of the project work is boring. Management needs to do a better job of leading, specifically in development. New employees are often hired on for a specific project, so they have very little time to get their bearings before starting billable work.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some really great projects but the Emperor has no clothes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    * Fully agree with other review - the client list is very impressive
    * Project Managers are given a great deal of autonomy to lead a project given their style/approach
    * COO & 2 other founders are willing to take time to meet one-on-one (which leads to a semi-transparent organization)
    * CEO is very energetic and and willing to meet with people one-on-one
    * Office in Denver is very laid back (shorts/flip flops, bring a well behaved dog, work from home, etc.)
    * co-workers are very willing to work to resolve problems
    * Free bi-weekly lunch for company meeting

    Cons

    * Sales wages delivery with little to no understanding of how to develop software
    * Sales while I was there didn't clearly understand the difference between Agile v. Waterfall software development - thus selling work with SOW deliverables that don't make sense
    * Managers are given autonomy from perspective of Leadership team, however the middle managers simply don't lead and take charge
    * No enterprise knowledge & content philosophy making is difficult to provide quality consistent client deliverables
    * Most consulting firms have a bonus and/or equity sharing (EUI doesn't offer either to practitioners)
    * No annual and/or quarterly review cycle
    * Some managers conduct reviews but don't provide a clear rubric of how they will be perform their evaluation
    * Managers are paralyzed by complexity vs. reducing problem to small chunks and working the problem - meaning managers on more than one occasion won't act but schedule a meeting to review and still won't decide on next course of action
    * The company on the whole has NO CLEAR PROCESS, they clam to have one to clients, but the process is whatever the project team decides to do, resulting in billable people not understanding delivery
    * Turnover is high, 7 people resigned 2 weeks prior to my resignation and 3 people including me resigned a few weeks after - management doesn't seem to be making adjustments, just hiring people to back fill in the hopes of something that isn't communicated company wide
    * Leadership commits to projects that have been undersold and uses terms like MVP (minimal viable product) to meet basic SOW commitments vs. being honorable and providing what all engineers want (quality code that meets users' needs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. While you've done a good job at being a flat organization - you'll want to set up some more structure
    2. Using some type of company wide dashboard to relay project health would be helpful
    3. Set up a structure for people to be accountable and communicate this

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall Disappointment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was once an incredible team of smart and talented people who were extremely passionate about their work.

    Cons

    With the high turnover (more than 30% in just one year), most of the superstars have left but a dwindling few.
    Out of touch executive team, all of whom are first time execs at this company (and it shows in most cases).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your focus on the bottom line has robbed the company of its actual value. Most of the creatively superior people who helped you build this company are now gone and the lack of project leadership is felt hard. There are still some gems there, so take care of them and focus on growing a new culture of passionate people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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